Catcher in the Rye Reading Journal

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Catcher in the Rye Reading Journal By 1. Who is Holden Caufield? Fine one really good example to describe his ‘voice’ in this narrative. Holden Caufield is a young man, not quite a teenage but not quite a man. He hasn’t discovered himself in the traditional sense; he really has no direction in his life. His inner voice seems to be a kind of bitter cynic, he ends up criticizing everyone and everything around him. He doesn’t want to go into “all that David Copperfield crap” in describing his life. This line seems to indicate that Holden is in fact 2. Holden repeatedly uses the word ‘phony’ in the book. Find an example of what this word means. How does it describe his state of mind? The word phony is dominant throughout the story of Catcher in the Rye. Similar to the vulgarity that Huck uses, the word phony is Holden’s catchphrase. To Holden, to be a phony is just that, to be fake. To survive in a world of adults, people often have to assume a false air to survive. A perfect example of what this word means to Holden is when he is describing Stradlater. “He always looked good when he was finished fixing himself up, but he was a secret slob anyway, if you knew him the way I did.” He sees Stradlater act differently that he really is, and Holden resents him for it.
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This goes to show just how immature Holden is. He doesn’t like anyone living their own life by their own rules, and Holden sets down standards for them to live up to. 3. Who is Allie? Allie is the younger brother of Holden. Compared to Holden, Allie was the golden child. He was charismatic and intelligent, obviously going places. When Allie died, Holden had a small mental breakdown. When thinking of Allie, Holden is very fond of his younger brother. He remembers his odd quirks, such as
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This note was uploaded on 06/27/2008 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Blake during the Spring '06 term at Mt. Wachusett.

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